Caleb Diehl, a teenager who mysteriously disappeared from Nocona, Texas, last year, is still missing. Authorities are still working on the case and are asking the public for assistance.
NBC News reports that Caleb, a Grapevine, Texas, high school student, had just turned 18 when he left his mother’s home in Nocona on March 30, 2015, at around 5 p.m. He told his sister he was headed to hang out with a friend he knew from his days as a Nocona High School student. He was scheduled to return home his father’s house in Grapevine the next day.
On the day he disappeared, Caleb was driving Ricky Dale Howard’s pickup truck (a family friend), while his own car was in the shop for repairs. A few days later, the pickup truck appeared at Howard’s business and the keys were hung inside the office, but Caleb was nowhere in sight. The last call from Caleb’s cellphone was made to Howard at 4:45 p.m.
A year later, there is still no trace of the teen. His mother, Tami Diehl, recently reached out to Dateline and said that they are no closer to finding her son today than they were when he disappeared.
“We are no closer to knowing what happened than we were months ago. I’m at a loss to know what to do. I just know that I can never give up searching for answers.”
Although they’ve been following up on every lead they get, Nocona Police Department Chief Kent Holcomb said that they still haven’t gotten any information that would help crack the case. They are hoping someone with any information at all, no matter how small, will come forward.
“It’s a very unfortunate situation. We’re following up on anything that we get, but there just haven’t been any answers.”
Howard, who has a past criminal record of aggravated sexual assault against young males and bank fraud, was more than likely the last person to see Caleb before he went missing. He hasn’t been charged with anything associated with the Caleb’s case, but he also hasn’t been cleared. Holcomb said Howard was one of the several people questioned about Caleb’s whereabouts.
Sgt. Investigator Chris Hughes spoke with Howard on numerous different occasions about the case, and according to a county sheriff’s office, Howard gave authorities permission to search his property.
“Caleb worked for Howard and had access to all of Howard’s property. Howard gave written consent to search all of his property including his parent’s property at 6493 FM 2953.”
While searching Howard’s property, authorities discovered a gun case that contained several guns, but it still didn’t produce any information on Caleb. A crushed cellphone found by Howard’s pickup truck days after Caleb went missing was thrown away. It’s unclear whether it belonged to Caleb or not. Last year, Holcomb said that the teen’s cellphone hadn’t been used since March 30, and he stopped posting on social the same day.
“He’s also not been on any of his social media accounts, and you know teens are always on those things. It’s odd.”
Meanwhile, Caleb’s family has their own theory as to what may have happened to him, but without proof, there’s no way they can say for sure. When her son first disappeared Tammy Diehl said,
“I’ve gone over the timeline so many times. We’ve talked about it so many times as a family, and we are all on the same page. But there has to be proof and anybody who knows something needs to tell us. Please.”
Caleb Diehl has blonde hair, blue eyes, stands 6’2 tall, and weighs around 160 to 170 pounds. Anyone with any information on the missing teen should call the Nocona Police Department at (940) 825-3281.
[Photo by Facebook via “Bring Caleb Home”]